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Three Things Successful People with Bipolar Share

Melody Moezzi
October 8, 2020

Having insight into your health conditions, prioritizing sleep, and maintaining a responsible relationship with substances is always smart—even more so if you have bipolar. I received two rejections yesterday, one of which forced me to click on four links and enter a password before I could access my “regret-to-inform-you” letter. I consider it a sign...

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How to Overcome Setbacks with Bipolar Disorder

Elizabeth Drucker
October 6, 2020

A series of complications on the heels of my diagnosis taught me early on that bipolar can disrupt our plans in ways we don’t anticipate. So, I developed personal guidelines for turning setbacks into comebacks. Underestimating the Impact of Bipolar Very soon after my diagnosis, I faced painful personal setbacks from bipolar; at the time,...

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How I Jump-Start My Way Out of Bipolar Depression

Jessica Taylor
June 4, 2020

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, everyone is smiling—and suddenly I hate all of it! Bipolar depression strikes again. Here is what I do to try to return to mood stability and enjoy the day. The Suddenness of Bipolar Mood Episodes Ever have those beautiful, bright days where you wake up … and...

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Going Back to Basics When My Bipolar Tells Me Everything Is Futile

JB Burrage
May 21, 2020

Lately, there’s been a battle in my head—my own thoughts are warring with the cruel monster of bipolar disorder and its lies, all while I hear my psychiatrist’s voice in the background. To keep pushing forward, I’m focusing on the basics: sleep, medication, connection, and creativity. Bipolar Disorder & Feeling Hopeless It’s been a season...

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Newly Diagnosed with Bipolar? Sleep Is Nature’s Medicine—and It’s Free!

Julie A. Fast
April 23, 2020

Medications that treat bipolar help with acute symptoms and can save lives, but, overall, lifestyle changes that are free and available to everyone—such as properly managing our sleep—create the best outcomes for those of us with bipolar.  Bipolar Medication & Lifestyle Management I use medications for bipolar disorder, and I support medications when needed. They...

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Tips to Avoid the Spin Cycle of Bipolar Mania

Debbie Jacobs
April 17, 2020

After a manic episode, I realized the damage done and knew I had to create a strategy to limit (or prevent) this mood episode at the earliest possible sign of onset. Know Thyself, Know Thy Manic Episode If you have done a lot of damage in a manic episode, you might have learned (as I...

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Wrestling My Sleep Demons for Stability & Peace

Debbie Jacobs
April 10, 2020

A lack of sleep contributed to my first manic episode and my bipolar diagnosis. To become stable, I needed to solve my sleep problems—for good. The Functional Purpose of Sleep No longer is sleep just for our beauty. It is a foundational component for our mental well-being, and we cannot take it for granted. I...

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Bipolar Disorder & the Importance of Rest

Laura Fisher
March 26, 2020

Often overlooked as part of an effective treatment plan for bipolar disorder, rest is one of the most important tools we can use to maintain our well-being. What Is Rest? Nighttime: Sleep I believe we can rest during both sleep and wake times. Sleep is what comes to mind as an obvious source of rest....

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6 Ways Circadian Rhythms Are Important to Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
March 6, 2020

We’re breaking down circadian rhythms and bipolar, so you can keep your biological clock in sync and stabilize your mood. Our biological clock influences everything in our body. Understanding how its rhythms affect bipolar symptoms, plus what we can do to minimize its disruption, may help us to stabilize our sleep patterns, maintain our mood,...

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Bipolar Memory Loss: Tips & Tricks for Improving Your Memory

bp Magazine
March 4, 2020

Sometimes our daily lives are disrupted more by the cognitive deficits that accompany bipolar than by the affective symptoms of the disorder itself. Fortunately, there are certain solutions we can employ in everyday life—using specific strategies and even improving our well-being in order to boost memory and brain health. It is very common to face...

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6 Lies That Bipolar Tells Us—Debunked

bp Magazine
February 12, 2020

Both depression and mania can be master manipulators—playing tricks on our mind, convincing us to believe things that just aren’t true. Whether it’s challenging the negative thought loops or recognizing the patterns of fabrications in how we perceive the world around us, simply being aware of the fact that we can’t always believe everything we...

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6 Basic Steps to Manage Stress with Bipolar

Elizabeth Drucker
January 24, 2020

The last few weeks were particularly stressful, with a lot of expectations and to-dos. To manage my moods during high-pressure times like these, I follow clear-cut habits that let me complete my responsibilities while maintaining my well-being. During the last week or so, I have struggled to keep my moods balanced while in the middle...

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Learning to Slow Down to Keep My Mind and Mood Balanced

Carrie Cantwell
January 21, 2020

I am a natural go-getter who wants to be involved in everything and be as productive as possible. Hypomania amps up these tendencies, so now I’m making an effort to mindfully embrace each moment as it comes. The Benefits & Drawbacks of Productivity Last year was a busy one for me. I accomplished a lot:...

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7 Tips to Maintain a Healthy Sleep Schedule and Keep Moods on Track

bp Magazine
January 10, 2020

It’s not exactly breaking news that sleeping habits can dramatically affect bipolar symptoms. In fact, some studies show that people with mood disorders have a more delicate internal clock. Since sleep deprivation or abundance can lead to manic or depressive episodes, it’s important to maintain a steady sleep/wake cycle. Thankfully, there are some unique ways...

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Tips for Tackling Night Eating Syndrome

bp Magazine
December 30, 2019

Do you often find yourself skimping on daytime meals, then bingeing at night? If so, you’re not alone. As it turns out, night eating syndrome (NES) is more common among those of us with bipolar. Taking steps to address this out-of-sync routine can improve our physical well-being and mood since a high consumption of food...

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Traveling Smart: How to Manage Your Triggers

Carrie Cantwell
October 9, 2019

What to pack? Preparing for a trip is always a conundrum, but especially when you want to explore the world without triggering a mood episode. Here are my tried-and-true tips to stay stable, no matter your destination! When Travel Is Your Passion The main reason I work and earn money (other than to pay bills)...

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Night Owls Can “Retrain” Their Body Clocks to Improve Mental Well-Being and Performance

bp Magazine
August 19, 2019

A simple tweak to the sleeping patterns of “night owls”—people with extreme late sleeping and waking habits—could lead to significant improvements in sleep/wake timings, improved performance in the mornings, better eating habits, and a decrease in depression and stress. June 10, 2019, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK—New international research by the Universities of Birmingham and Surrey in...

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Mission Impossible—6 Tips to Help You Sleep While Manic

Brooke Baron
July 30, 2019

Sleep: it’s so important for mood management, but (hypo)manic energy often makes it feel like a waste of time. To make sure you get your necessary shut-eye, harness that manic energy into healthy behaviors that promote rest. Sweet dreams! Better Sleep & Balanced Moods with Bipolar We hear it from our therapists like a broken...

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The Science On Sleep: Why Not All Sleep Is Created Equal

Milly Dawson, MS, MPH
July 12, 2019

Sleeping less than seven hours may not be the best because you miss out on hitting your ‘power sleep’ stride––where a restorative type of sleep called rapid eye movement thrives. Sleep involves several distinct stages with special functions at work. Slow wave sleep (meaning our brain waves are slow) is a time for tissue growth...

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A Sleep Researcher’s 4 Golden Rules for Good Sleep

James B. Maas, PhD
July 12, 2019

As difficult as getting a good night’s sleep is for most people, those of us who have bipolar disorder know all too well the significant health costs of poor sleep. So, leading sleep researcher James B. Maas, PhD, shares his golden rules for getting a good night’s rest. #1 Know What You Need Determine your...

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